We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
“Setu” means ‘bridge’ and “bandha” means ‘locked’ in Sanskrit. In this pose, the final posture of the practitioner resembles a bridge.
Benefits: Alleviates stress and mild depression;
Patients of asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis can benefit from this pose;
Neck, chin and spine are stretched;
Relieves headache, insomnia and fatigue;
Beneficial to women in menopause;
Helps rejuvenate tired legs.
Procedure: Lie down on the mat on your back with the legs straightened out and hands on the sides. Bend your legs at the knee and rest your feet on the mat. Bring your feet closer to the buttocks. Press your palms and feet firmly. Lift your hips off the mat and push it towards the ceiling. Keep your knees and feet in one straight line. Clasp your hands below your pelvis. Extend your arms. Raise your hips further up so that your thighs are parallel to the floor. Lift your chin. Open up your shoulders and lift your chest up, resting on the shoulder blades. Press the sternum towards the chin. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds. Exhale and return to the original position rolling the spine slowly.
Caution: People with low back pain or knee pain should avoid this posture.
Chokeberry (Prunus virginiana L.) fruits are dark red to black, fleshy, cherry-like fruit. Chokeberries are low in calories and fats but are rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fibre. Scientific studies have shown that consumption of berries on regular basis offers potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections. They are also rich in flavonoid anti-oxidants such as carotenes, luteins and zeaxanthins. Zeaxanthin has photo-filtering effects on UV rays and thus protects eyes from age-related macular disease in the elderly (ARMD). Chokeberries are also good source of many antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene and folate and minerals like potassium, iron and manganese. 100 g of fresh berries provide about 35% of daily recommended levels of vitamin C.
Recipe of the Month
5 cups Flour
5 cups Water
3 cups Sugar
10 cups chokeberries
Method: Put lightly washed chokeberries in a pot and boil them. Now mash them. Add sugar to taste. Add as much flour to make a slightly runny pudding.
Ahmedabad, in the State of Gujarat, has grown into one of the most important modern cities of India. An exciting combination of traditions and modernism, Ahmedabad captures all visitors with its diversity of places, religious and ethnic communities. Gandhi Ashram, also known as the Sabarmati Ashram is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River. This Ashram was set up by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 and is one of the most moving memorials. Mahatma Gandhi living quarter is still preserved as a small museum and there is a library and a memorial centre. Sidi Bashir Mosque is known for its two shaking minarets, one of an architectural wonder. When one minaret is shaken, the other also get a shake in sympathy. Hathee Singh Jain Temple is located just outside the Delhi Gate and is one of the Ahmedabad’s best ornated Jain temples. This temple is built of pure white marble and profusely decorated with rich carvings. Sidi Saiyad Mosque is best known for its intricate perforated stone work and has beautiful carved stone windows which depict the intricate intervening of the branches of the kalpa tree. Calico Museum of Textiles is widely regarded as one of the finest textiles museums in the world. This museum has excellent collections of antique and modern textiles including heavy brocades, fine embroideries, sarees, carpets, turbans, rare tapestries, wall hangings, Maharaja’s costumes, old weaving machines and royal Mughal tents. It also houses an excellent collection of Jain manuscripts. Kankaria Lake is a polygonal artificial lake which has 34 sides. This lake is a popular picnic spot and is surrounded by a children park, zoo, boat club, garden and natural history museum. Jama Masjid is built of yellow sandstone and combines the best of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Triple Gateway, to the west of the entrance to Ahmed Shah’s mosque is the triumphal archway known as Teen Darwaza or Triple Gateway. Ahmed Shah’s Mosque has an elaborately carved ceiling with a circular symmetry reminding of the Hindu and Jain temples and beautiful pillars and jails. Tomb of Ahmed Shah stands outside the Jama Masjid’s east gate and includes the cenotaphs of his son and grandson. Rani Sipri’s Mosque is also known as the Masjid-e-Nagira or Jewel of the Mosque due to its graceful construction, with slender minarets. Rani Rupmati’s Mosque incorporates Hindu and Islamic design. Swaminarayan Temple, a glorious, multi-coloured, woodcarved temple looks like a grand haveli enclosed in a large courtyard. Sarkhej is the fine architectural complex of mosques, palaces, pavilions and tombs, all grouped around a stepped tank. The style shows distinct Hindu influence. Vishala is purposefully built showpiece of a collection of huts along clay paths which capture the spirit of a traditional Gujarati village. Utensils Museum has an exceptional collection of rare brass and copper utensils, water pots, old betel nut boxes and containers used for temple rituals. Nestled in the heart of Gujarat, this zesty city provides one with a generous buffet of stimulation that swears to enliven all the five senses.